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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 30, 2012

Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters today following his team's organized team activity practice. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

(Opening Statement)- “It’s week two of the OTA process here and I think the guys worked well. We’re trying to introduce one phase of situational football each day and we did some two-minute at the end of practice, which I think the guys handled well. I’m more interested in going through the mechanics of it from calling the plays and getting the defense lined up and whatnot and I thought they functioned well. One thing I would caution you against is looking out there and trying to decide who is a starter and who is a backup. I think right now we’re just out there, at most positions, competing and trying to get better. I feel good about the work we got done today and we’ll try to back it up tomorrow and Friday with two more practices with this structure. Next week we will have a minicamp structure, which is our mandatory minicamp, so the players will have technically a travel day on Monday and then Tuesday and Wednesday will feel like an in-season Wednesday practice because the two-a-days, as we know, are gone which will be a walk-through and a practice. Thursday then would feel like an in-season Friday practice, which would be a practice just minus the walk-through. That’s what the minicamp should feel like and then we’ll try to go back and review the things we did in the first six OTA’s and through the minicamp structure and then finish up the next week of course with four OTA’s. That’s where we’re at, it’s a beautiful day, I think we got a lot of work done.”

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Browns OTAs: News, notes, observations and video from practice

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 30, 2012
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The Browns began their second set of organized team activities today. Here are some highlights from practice and subsequent interviews:

First-team reps

Quarterback Colt McCoy took the snaps with the first-team offense last week when the Browns started their OTAs. However, rookie Brandon Weeden stepped in as the first-string quarterback this morning, taking the first snaps with the starters in 11-on-11 and 7-on-7 sessions. The only exceptions were during two-minute drills, when McCoy went first, followed by Weeden and Seneca Wallace.

Although the Browns expect Weeden to win the starting job, they’re still not naming him their No. 1 quarterback yet.

“One thing I’d caution you against is looking out there and trying to decide who’s a starter and who’s a backup,” Browns coach Pat Shurmur said after practice. “I think right now we’re just out there at most positions competing and trying to get better.

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Browns cut undrafted rookie CB Mike Allen

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 30, 2012

The Browns have cut rookie cornerback Mike Allen, Scout.com reported this morning.

The Browns announced the move this afternoon.

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Transcript from news conference with Browns QB Colt McCoy

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 23, 2012
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Browns quarterback Colt McCoy spoke to reporters Tuesday after the franchise's first organized team activity practice of the year. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

How did you react when the Browns drafted Brandon Weeden 22nd overall: “It is what it is. It happened and I've just got to go out and play. I mean, just go compete.''

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Transcript from news conference with Browns QB Brandon Weeden

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 22, 2012

Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden spoke today after his first organized team activity practice. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

How do you and Colt McCoy decide who speaks first?: “We don’t. We just go with the flow.”

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Transcript from news conference with Browns LB Scott Fujita

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 22, 2012

Browns linebacker Scott Fujita has been suspended three games by the NFL for his alleged role in the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal. Fujita has reserved the right to appeal the suspension pending the outcome of grievances the NFL Players Association has filed against the league. Following an organized team activity practice today, Fujita spoke to reporters for the first time since he received the suspension. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 22, 2012

Browns coach Pat Shurmur spoke to reporters today after the team's first practice of organized team activities. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

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Browns OTAs: News, notes, observations and video from the first practice

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 22, 2012

The Browns held their first practice of organized team activities today. Here are some highlights from the session and subsequent interviews:

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Video: Browns GM Tom Heckert: 'We fully expect' Brandon Weeden to be starting QB

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 21, 2012

Browns General Manager Tom Heckert spoke to reporters tonight before the 33rd annual Akron Browns Backers banquet at Tangier restaurant. Here are some of the highlights from the interview:

Is there a difference between saying the quarterbacks will compete for the starting job and holding an open competition in which the snaps are divided?: “I think when we say open competition, the best guy is gonna play. That’s the way it is, but we drafted Brandon Weeden to be that guy. You draft a guy 22nd in the draft, you think he’s gonna be that guy. You can write it and talk about it however you want. The best guy’s gonna play, but we fully expect Brandon to be that guy. Now if he’s not, and Colt [McCoy] plays better or Seneca [Wallace], whoever, but right now that’s our goal is to have [Weeden] be the guy.”

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LB D'Qwell Jackson cancels appearance tonight at Akron Browns Backers banquet

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 21, 2012

Browns linebacker D’Qwell Jackson has canceled his plans to attend the 33rd annual Akron Browns Backers banquet tonight at Tangier restaurant.

Jackson previously committed to attend the event, but his back stiffened and will require extra treatment tonight as he tries to get ready for an organized team activity practice on Tuesday, a team spokesman said. Jackson apologized through the spokesman.

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Browns DT Phil Taylor's surgery 'went well' today, team spokesman says

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 16, 2012

As expected, Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor had surgery today to repair his torn left pectoral muscle. Dr. Mark Schickendantz performed the surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, said Neal Gulkis, the Browns’ vice president of media relations.

“His surgery at the Cleveland Clinic today went well,” Gulkis said. “He is resting comfortably.”

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Browns WR Josh Cribbs reaches plea agreement in speeding case

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 16, 2012

Browns wide receiver Josh Cribbs reached a plea agreement with prosecutors Tuesday morning in Cleveland Municipal Court to resolve his speeding-citation case.

Cribbs was charged for driving 103 mph in a 60-mph zone on Interstate 71 when he was pulled over at 8:45 p.m. April 20 near Fulton Road in Cleveland, according to court records. He originally pleaded not guilty to the speeding charge, which carried a four-point penalty against his driver’s license.

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GM Tom Heckert to speak May 21 at Akron Browns Backers banquet

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 14, 2012

Browns General Manager Tom Heckert is scheduled to be the featured speaker at the 33rd annual Akron Browns Backers banquet May 21 at Tangier restaurant.

Browns middle linebacker D'Qwell Jackson also is set to attend the event. The Cleveland chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America will honor Jackson as the 2011 player of the year.

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Browns sign RB Adonis Thomas, LB JoJo Dickson; part ways with RB Armond Smith, LB Andrew Sweat

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 14, 2012

The Browns signed running back Adonis Thomas, an undrafted rookie from Toledo, and linebacker JoJo Dickson, who spent training camp last year with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the team announced today.

The Browns also waived running back Armond Smith and placed linebacker Andrew Sweat on the reserve/retired list. Smith appeared in three games last season. Sweat recently signed as an undrafted free agent out of Ohio State but decided not to pursue a career in the NFL.

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Browns coach Pat Shurmur: Brandon Weeden 'headed in the right direction' toward becoming starting QB

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 14, 2012

Browns coach Pat Shurmur spoke this afternoon in front of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon Club in Canton. Here are some highlights:

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 13, 2012

Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters today as rookie minicamp ended. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

(Opening statement)- “First off, happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms and grandmothers. It is an important day and I’m sure all of the moms of players of the Cleveland Browns that were in here are glad to see their sons working and making a living. That is kind of the way I look at it (joking). It was a good practice and it was a good minicamp. I told the players it was a very good start, but we have a long way to go before we are ready to play a game and do the things we want to do. Tomorrow, they will be in the offseason program with our veteran players and we will be one team.”

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Browns rookie minicamp: news, notes and observations from final practice

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 13, 2012

The Browns held their fifth and final practice of rookie minicamp this morning. Here are some highlights from the last session:

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 13, 2012

Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters today during the team's rookie minicamp. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

(Opening statement)- “I don’t have much more to add from yesterday, but I am sure you have some questions. The guys competed well on day two. Some of the guys were a little bit sore so they were a little bit slow getting going, but by the beginning of the team drills they were up and running and did a nice job.”

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Browns rookie minicamp: Saturday afternoon summary

By Marla Ridenour Published: May 12, 2012

Browns coach Pat Shurmur allowed quarterback Brandon Weeden to call his last two plays in Saturday’s afternoon session. The second went to receiver Travis Benjamin on the sideline for a 10-yard gain and a first down.

Building better habits

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Browns rookie minicamp: Saturday morning summary

By Marla Ridenour Published: May 12, 2012

The Browns worked on the short passing game and only one play stood out, but it was a throw rarely seen in Berea.

Quarterback Brandon Weeden rolled to his left, left his feet and hit tight end Joseph Halahuni for a 15- to 20-yard gain on an out pattern.

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Browns reportedly sign sixth-round pick Emmanuel Acho to four-year, $2.178 million deal

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 11, 2012

The Browns have signed rookie linebacker Emmanuel Acho to a four-year contract worth $2.178 million, Scout.com reported tonight.

The deal includes a signing bonus of $78,680, according to the report.

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Transcript from news conference with Browns RB Trent Richardson

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 11, 2012

Browns running back Trent Richardson met with reporters today during rookie minicamp. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

(On his first day)- "It was really just learning different calls that we have. When it comes down to it, it is similar to Alabama's program as far as running styles and running plays. There were just different play calls. Right now, I just have to learn the different terminology. Today, everyone was up and running and everyone is hungry."

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Transcript from news conference with Browns QB Brandon Weeden

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 11, 2012

Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden spoke with reporters today during rookie minicamp. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

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Browns sign second-round pick Mitchell Schwartz to four-year deal worth $5.17 million

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 11, 2012

The Browns have signed rookie offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz to a four-year deal worth $5.17 million, a league source told the Beacon Journal tonight.

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Browns coach Pat Shurmur, President Mike Holmgren address DT Phil Taylor's injury

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 11, 2012

Browns coach Pat Shurmur and President Mike Holmgren addressed defensive tackle Phil Taylor's injury today. Taylor suffered a torn left pectoral muscle while lifting weights Thursday and could miss the upcoming season. Here are the transcripts

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 11, 2012

Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters today during rookie minicamp. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

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Browns rookie minicamp: news, notes and observations from afternoon practice

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 11, 2012

The Browns held their second practice of rookie minicamp this afternoon. Here are some highlights from the second session:

Begging for mercy

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Browns agree to four-year deal with sixth-round pick Billy Winn

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 11, 2012

The Browns have agreed to terms of a four-year contract with rookie defensive tackle Billy Winn, a league source told the Beacon Journal this morning.

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Browns rookie minicamp: news, notes and observations from morning practice

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 11, 2012

The Browns held their first practice of rookie minicamp this morning. They will practice again beginning at 3 p.m. today. Here are some highlights from the first session:

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Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor tears pectoral muscle, needs surgery

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 11, 2012

Browns coach Pat Shurmur said this morning defensive tackle Phil Taylor suffered a torn left pectoral muscle lifting weights Thursday.

Taylor will have surgery in the middle of next week, Shurmur said.

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Browns agree to four-year deal with fourth-round pick Travis Benjamin

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 10, 2012

The Browns have agreed to terms of a four-year contract with rookie wide receiver Travis Benjamin, a league source confirmed for the Beacon Journal this evening.

The terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.

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Browns DT Phil Taylor injures pectoral muscle

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 10, 2012

Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor’s 2012 season is seemingly hanging in the balance.

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Browns agree to four-year deal with fifth-round pick Ryan Miller

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 10, 2012

The Browns have agreed to terms of a four-year contract with rookie offensive lineman Ryan Miller, a league source told the Beacon Journal this afternoon.

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Transcript from conference call with Browns coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 10, 2012

Coach Pat Shurmur spoke to reporters this afternoon about the Browns' rookie minicamp, which will be held Friday through Sunday at the team's headquarters in Berea. Here is a transcript from the conference call:

(Opening statement)- “The players are reporting. The rookies are getting their physicals, getting checked in and then we will have an orientation meeting tonight. Tomorrow, we will have two meetings and two practices. It will be the same thing on Saturday. We will have one meeting and one practice on Sunday. We will try to get them out of the building on Sunday by noon. This rookie minicamp will obviously incorporate a couple other players that are not rookies but by the way their contracts were structured they are allowed to compete. Assuming everything goes as planned with the physicals here, we will have 37 guys out there.”

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Browns agree to four-year deal with third-round pick John Hughes

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 10, 2012

The Browns have agreed to terms of a four-year contract with rookie defensive tackle John Hughes, his agent, Vince Calo, announced this afternoon on Twitter.

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Browns agree to four-year deal with seventh-round pick Trevin Wade

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 10, 2012

The Browns have agreed to terms of a four-year contract with rookie cornerback Trevin Wade, a league source told the Beacon Journal this afternoon.

The terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.

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Recap of Browns' 2012 draft class with links to stories

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 10, 2012

Originally published April 29; updated May 10

Note: The Browns will hold their rookie minicamp Friday through Sunday. It's closed to the public, so check Ohio.com and the Beacon Journal for updates throughout the weekend. In the meantime, you can click the links below for stories about the Browns' picks from the 2012 NFL Draft.

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Browns coach Pat Shurmur to speak Monday at Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon Club in Canton

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 10, 2012

Browns coach Pat Shurmur will speak Monday at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon Club.

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Browns agree to four-year deal with fourth-round pick James-Michael Johnson

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 9, 2012

The Browns have agreed to terms of a four-year deal with rookie linebacker James-Michael Johnson, his agent, Scott Smith, announced today via Twitter.

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Browns agree to four-year deal with seventh-round pick Brad Smelley

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 9, 2012

The Browns have agreed to terms of a four-year deal with rookie fullback Brad Smelley, a league source confirmed today for the Beacon Journal.

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Browns unveil official list of their 15 undrafted free-agent signings

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 9, 2012

The Browns announced today the signing of 15 undrafted rookie free agents, whose identities were previously reported on this blog.

The Browns also announced they have waived linebacker Brian Smith, another move that was previously reported.

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Browns won’t hand starting quarterback job to Weeden, but Heckert says 'we expect him to be the guy'

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 9, 2012

The Browns’ decision makers have repeatedly said they won’t hand the starting quarterback job to anyone, but they certainly expect Brandon Weeden to fill the role as a rookie.

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Browns cut LB Brian Smith

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 8, 2012

The Browns have cut linebacker Brian Smith, a league source confirmed tonight for the Beacon Journal.

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Browns coach Pat Shurmur to speak at Maronite Center in Youngstown

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 8, 2012

Browns coach Pat Shurmur will serve as a keynote speaker May 18 during a luncheon at the Maronite Center in Youngstown.

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Browns President Mike Holmgren to speak at University of Akron; TE Benjamin Watson to attend event

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 8, 2012

Originally published April 18; updated May 8

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Highlights from Browns President Mike Holmgren's interviews with local radio stations

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 8, 2012

Originally published at 12:31 p.m.; updated at 3:43 p.m.

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Browns LB Scott Fujita reserves right to appeal suspension for role in Saints' bounty scandal

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 7, 2012

The NFL Players Association sent a letter to the NFL today reserving Browns linebacker Scott Fujita's right to appeal his three-game suspension for his role in the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal.

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Browns WR Josh Cribbs pleads not guilty to speeding charge

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 4, 2012

Browns wide receiver Josh Cribbs pleaded not guilty to a speeding charge today in Cleveland Municipal Court.

Cribbs was driving a two-door 2010 Bentley northbound on Interstate 71 when he was pulled over at 8:45 p.m. April 20 near Fulton Road in Cleveland, court records indicate. He was given a speeding citation for driving 103 mph in a 60-mph zone, according to the records.

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NFLPA reportedly challenges Commissioner Roger Goodell's authority in Saints' bounty suspensions

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 4, 2012

The NFL Players Association has filed grievances in an attempt to steer the review of appeals in the New Orleans’ Saints bounty suspensions away from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Pro Football Talk reported this morning.

ProPlayerInsiders.com, a licensed partner of NFL Players Inc., a subsidiary of the union, released information about the union’s legal action on its website.

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NFL suspends Browns LB Scott Fujita 3 games for involvement in Saints' bounty scandal

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 2, 2012

The NFL has suspended Browns linebacker Scott Fujita without pay for the first three games of the 2012 regular season because of his involvement in the New Orleans Saints’ bounty scandal, the league announced today.

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Browns claim punter Spencer Lanning off waivers from Jaguars

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 2, 2012

Originally published May 1; updated May 2

The Browns have claimed punter Spencer Lanning off waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars, a league source confirmed for the Beacon Journal Tuesday night.

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Offensive lineman Joe Thomas no longer able to attend 33rd annual Akron Browns Backers banquet

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 1, 2012

Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas won’t be able to attend the 33rd annual Akron Browns Backers banquet May 21 at Tangier restaurant.

Thomas previously committed to attend the event, but a scheduling conflict will prevent him from doing so. Thomas apologized through a Browns spokesman.

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Browns QB Seneca Wallace says it's his job to make sure Brandon Weeden is ready to play

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 1, 2012

In a radio interview this afternoon with 92.3 The Fan, Browns quarterback Seneca Wallace discussed the organization’s choice to draft Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden in the first round (22nd overall) last week and how the pick could impact the team’s quarterback situation.

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